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Wednesday, 10 April, 2002, 19:25 GMT 20:25 UK
Finney backs Alexander to shine
Graham Alexander in action against Chelsea
Sir Tom Finney is an admirer of Alexander (left)
England legend Sir Tom Finney says he believes new Scotland recruit Graham Alexander can be a hit for Berti Vogts.

The 30-year-old Preston defender has been handed the opportunity to earn his first cap for Scotland against Nigeria next week after being named in Vogts' squad.

The English-born player qualifies for Scotland through his Glaswegian father.

Preston president Sir Tom insists Alexander will let nobody down if he makes his debut appearance for Scotland at Pittodrie.

Pin-point accuracy

"I am very pleased for Graham because he has given us tremendous service since he arrived from Luton," said Sir Tom.

"I rate him very highly although I didn't know anything about his Scottish birth-right.

"He is a very good full-back and has played very well for us since he came to the club.

"He reads the game very well and has held his own against some very good players in the First Division and from the Premiership in cup competitions, like Arsenal and Chelsea, in his years with us.

"Graham is also a good user of the ball and great crosser with pin-point accuracy much of the time and that can only help Scotland.

"But he is also a very good penalty-taker for Preston and I think he has scored something like 18 from a possible 19 in his time with us."

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